Building a home in Kalispell MT - Part 2

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

A month ago I shared that we had moved to Kalispell Montana and were in the beginning stages of building a home. At the time of that last post, we had a framed house with sheathing on the sides and wood on the roof, a drilled well and installed septic system. Did anything happen since then? How much work could possibly be done in a month? Well, here is the update!

 
Weather Impacts?

one month ago

When you're building a home in Autumn in the northwestern part of Montana, you could be susceptible to surprise cold snaps and snow events. We woke up one day a few weeks ago to unexpected snow. It snowed all day, and we were sure that was going to impact the ability of teams to get work done that week. Getting the house buttoned up and safe from the weather was the primary thing that was concerning us at that time.

 

Well, Montanans are a hearty bunch, and the next day, with about five inches of snow on our hill, the teams were back at work.

 

Labor Impacts?

Another potential issue when getting a home built is the availability of labor. There are multiple skill sets that are needed to get a home built. Framers, siders, painters, roofers, contractors, window installers, well drillers, septic installers, insulation installers, drywall experts, tapers, electricians, cabinet makers, plumbers and more.

 Building a home in Kalispell MT - Part 2

Often, things have to be done in a certain order. You can't put up the sheetrock if the framing and insulation hasn't already been taken care of! So to make progress, it's critical that the building contractor is on top of ALL the different jobs and has scheduled teams appropriately.

 

We are very lucky to be working with an amazing builder. (More details on the builder when the job is done!) Laborers typically only work five days a week here. During those days, there are usually two or more teams working at the same time on various items. And our builder has worked with multiple groups before so if one isn't available, he will schedule another. So with the exception of one snowy work day, there has always been something getting completed.

 

So what progress has been made in the last month?

Building a home in Kalispell MT - Part 2

I am thrilled to say that the building process is steaming forward. The first photo above shows the house as it looked a month ago. The second and third photos indicate how the house looked yesterday.

 

The house now has a roof, windows, siding most of which has been painted, insulation, sheetrock, electrical work, plumbing and an installed heating system. The well pump was dropped into the well this past week. So things are moving forward!

 

Over the next week, the tapers and painters will be working on the inside of the home, some work to grade the land outside will be done, the garage door should be installed and the stone mason might get started.

 

Once those items are taken care of, attention can turn towards all the things we need to actually live there. Cabinets, kitchen appliances, counters, flooring, sinks, fixtures. Move in date is getting closer!

 

Thank you for reading this far, and let me know if you have any questions about building a home in Kalispell. I can be reached at 406-270-3667.

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®

 

Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

eXp Realty - New York

 

email: kat@thehousekat.com

www.thehousekat.com

 

406-270-3667 (MT) and 914-419-0270 (NY)

 

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Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kat,

So excited for you, and it is fun seeing the progression of your new home.  You are getting to the fun part of picking the interior finishes.  Keep sharing!  A

Nov 09, 2019 12:06 PM #8
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Lots of progress...I remember it well when we built...funny how rooms seem to shrink and grow as they are finished .

Nov 09, 2019 05:13 PM #9
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Kat- I learned a lot about building a home because Larry was a builder for many years. What I love about reading your post is that I "know" the new home owner!!! I'm so excited for you!!!!

Nov 09, 2019 05:41 PM #10
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you Joan Cox = Things are definitely still moving forward!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel = Thank you for your comment. I do hope I'm not boring people, so I'm glad you said "Keep sharing!"

Sally K. & David L. Hanson - That's so true. The guest bath looked small until I saw the sheetrock - then I thought, "Hmm, this is perfect!"

 

Nov 09, 2019 06:00 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Kathy Streib - Thank you so much! I am excited too! I really can't wait until I'm actually IN the house.

Nov 09, 2019 06:01 PM #12
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Brian England
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It looks like the house is coming together nicely and you will be moving in before we know it.

Nov 10, 2019 05:40 AM #13
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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Exciting to watch this home getting built! I don't know if I would have had the bravery to start building in autumn.

Nov 10, 2019 06:27 AM #14
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I hope so, Brian England - I need to get all my cooking stuff back from storage!

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - this year did not work out the way we hoped and the timing got all messed up! We were going to start building in April - had to switch to August. So now we're just hoping it's done before the driveway is too slippery!

Nov 10, 2019 07:32 AM #15
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Hi Kat.... your home is shaping up so nicely! I really, really like the architectural style and those awesome windows which will give you constant views and lots of lot. The work the builder does is so much more than any challenging jigsaw puzzle I ever attempted. Although good things take time, after all this home is going to be occupied, and you want all the pieces to fit property together and function well, and of course be safe, it really is quite amazing how fast the builders are working. Kudos to them and to you and your husband for your patience too. 

I sure learned a lot about the building construction process because of your well-written blog post. Prospective home buyers in Montana will certainly appreciate your expertise when having their own homes built. For me, the level of confidence in choosing the right Real Estate Agent and Builder is top priority. I would choose you in a heartbeat for representation and refer you too!

Nov 11, 2019 09:52 AM #16
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - As always, your comments make me smile. I appreciate your support..  As for our patience, we're really not feeling tooooo impatient. Well, maybe a little. Especially since it looks like a house now!

Have a wonderful evening!

Nov 11, 2019 05:40 PM #17
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Kat, just so that you know I know what it is like relocating.... I moved from Boston, MA to Los Angeles 23 years ago and it was an adjustment as a Realtor.. now you guys are braver  building a home too:)) Endre

Nov 12, 2019 10:56 PM #18
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Good morning Endre Barath, Jr. - just last night I was thinking, wow, look at where we were three months ago and where we are now. Crazy! 

Nov 13, 2019 05:41 AM #19
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Thanks for the update Kat on your home.  I know the builders know how to work in the snow in the west here.

 

Nov 13, 2019 06:48 AM #20
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Yes, Will Hamm - apprently the inside walls will all be painted by the end of next week. Progress continues!

Nov 14, 2019 05:16 AM #21
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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It's really coming along despite the weather.  How nice that they know what they're doing and won't let a little snow get in the way.  You must be really pleased with the progress.

Nov 29, 2019 04:58 PM #22
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Very pleased Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - Now that it's been painted inside and fixtures are hanging, I'm getting verryyy excited! We need flooring, counters and some other finishes still.

Nov 30, 2019 05:13 AM #23
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Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

Congratulations on this new passage in your life, Kat. I, too, have built a home, so I know the challenges...and the rewards. Try to enjoy the process in spite of the inevitable frustrations  - it is a gift!

Dec 04, 2019 03:51 PM #24
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Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

Oops - I forgot to add - Happiest of Holidays in your new abode!

Dec 04, 2019 03:52 PM #25
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you Gwen Banta - We are enjoying the process although now that we're getting close to completion we are getting antsy! We should be moving into the home in about a month. Can't wait!

Dec 06, 2019 03:04 AM #26
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Gwen Banta
Sotheby's International Realty - Los Angeles, CA

A month? That was fast! (Although it probably felt much longer to you.) I am sure it's beautiful - be sure to post more photos. 

Dec 06, 2019 01:30 PM #27
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